Fixed Term f/t (37.5 hrs pw to 30/09/21)
Curators at the National Trust play a pivotal role. They develop our research agendas, understand audiences, create high quality, dynamic presentation, interpretation and programming to deeply engage audiences. We are looking for a Curator to join the Midlands region where you will be working at a variety of sites in Worcestershire and Herefordshire.
The role of Curator suits an individual who not only brings creativity and professional curatorial experience but who also enjoys influencing and working collaboratively with other colleagues based at the properties: they are ultimately responsible for the delivery of interpretation and programming.
In addition, if you are genuinely committed to investigating and sharing the stories of our places and engaging with a wide scope of audience this role could be for you.
Your work base location is the consultancy office in Alcester, Warwickshire.
We are offering a salary of £40,071. We also offer an impressive benefits package including up to five volunteering days, contributory pension and flexible working.
We are open to part time and full time applications for this position.
What it's like to work here
The role of the Curator in the Trust has huge variety. You will help ensure that everything we do balances our need to conserve our heritage with our ambition to continually develop relevance and deep connections with new and existing visitors. You will work with property teams looking after some of the country’s most fascinating buildings, designed and wild landscapes and support our work celebrating the “Spirit of Place” that makes each property unique. You will help to shape ground-breaking external partnerships and research frameworks and deliver engaging programmes to connect audiences with the stories of our places.
What you'll be doing
The role is a very varied one – whether it’s working with colleagues to devise new interpretation, plan new presentations and creative programmes or working alongside other conservation specialists on a variety of collections, buildings and landscape projects.
Curators champion the ‘spirit of place’ and help colleagues find appropriate solutions to enable public access, such as the design of new visitor facilities, improvements and changes to gardens or the adaptation of redundant estate buildings for new uses.
Curators undertake research to support the Trust’s work and also take part in research programmes carried out by others – seeking academic and other partnerships which create new knowledge and bring previously unknown stories to light for our audiences. You’ll be a skilled communicator, able to enthuse and inspire others and a ‘story-teller’ taking part in sharing your knowledge through a variety of platforms from publications to social media.
You’ll be part of a team with other Curators who share their expertise widely and work as a professional and supportive cohort across the Midlands region. As well as supporting a diverse portfolio, you’ll develop a culture of collaborative working across specialists and operational teams.
Who we're looking for
In order to be successful in this role you’ll need to have, but not limited to:
• Leadership skills, with the ability to develop strong and influential relationships
• Significant knowledge across one of three of the following areas; history, art history, landscape, architectural history, gardens, parks
• Experience in academic research, with some evidence of publications and presenting at conferences
• Knowledge of current best practice in relation to care and management of buildings, landscapes, and collections care
• Appetite for working with operational colleagues who are responsible for the delivery of interpretation and programming.
• Successful track record of delivering high quality and creative interpretation, presentation and programming
Please ensure you attach a CV and Cover Letter in order to be considered.
Benefits include flexible working whenever possible plus free parking at most locations. You’ll be entitled to discounts in high street stores and cinemas, National Trust shops and NT cafes, and have free entry to NT properties for you, a guest and your children (under 18).
Your health and wellbeing is important to us and is supported through generous annual leave and the option to buy additional days (minimum contract length applies), a cycle to work scheme, subsidised health cash plan and confidential access to a free support service 24 hours a day should you need it.
Your future financial health is helped by an employer matched - up to 10% of basic salary - contributory pension scheme and you can further your career with training and development tailored to you.
All of this and the opportunity to give something back to your community with up to 5 days of paid volunteering per year!
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Closing date: 22nd September 2019